Together We Can is a residential addiction treatment facility for adult men who are 19 and older that opened in 1993. Located on the west coast of Canada in Vancouver, British Columbia, treatment utilizes different holistic and evidence-based modalities. Men can expect to experience a sense of camaraderie during group and individual therapy and a comprehensive aftercare program.
Accommodations and Food
The first stage of treatment is open to 42 clients who reside in five homes in quiet residential neighborhoods around Vancouver. In most of the homes, which are typically single-family one or two story houses, the clients sleep two to a room, though there are a few single rooms available. Clients are responsible for keeping the shared areas of the home, like the kitchen, living rooms and bathrooms, clean and organized.
The food is provided and prepared by staff. Nutrition plays a big part in client’s recovery so the food is healthy, and there are many different options offered.
Treatment and Staff
The treatment at Together We Can combines traditional methods with holistic and the staff works to find what the best fit is for each individual client. The programs offered run 30, 60 and 90 days. The staff highly recommends clients participate for at least 60 days of residential programming in order to make a significant difference. The men experience group therapy sessions, recreational and spiritual therapy and classes. A focus is treatment of PTSD in conjunction with addiction and offers specialty groups and therapy techniques to address it. Treatment can include CBT, psychoeducation, the 12-steps, biofeedback, meditation and mindfulness practice. If needed, medication management or Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) are available.
More holistic methods can include music and art therapy and incorporating fitness into daily schedules. In addition to the therapeutic and health aspect to treatment, Together We Can works with clients in workshops and one on one with life and financial skills. Guidance is offered regarding resume building and interviewing skills. There is also help offered surrounding taking care of accrued debt and money management.
The counseling staff at Together We Can is Master’s-level and certified addiction specialist with accreditations like CADCs, Art Therapists, and psychologists. There are also visiting medical staff and psychiatrists who are partnered with this facility and work with clients on a regular basis.
During their stay at the facility the clients have the opportunity to work out in the on-site gym, and as an added bonus there is a personal trainer who works with the men. There are also weekly yoga, acupuncture, and chiropractic services provided. In addition the clients go on group recreational trips to play baseball, golf, soccer and hockey, or on camping or hiking excursions.
The aftercare program is referred to as “second stage”, which is a program that provides housing and outpatient treatment. There is also a family program once a month at the facility where family members participate in group therapy. Couples counseling is offered as well.
So many times when one experiences addiction there is a fair amount of shame and resentment surrounding the cause. Together We Can works with men who have experienced trauma or hardship in their lives and provides a safe space to release their past and embrace a new future in sobriety.
Together We Can
Vancouver, BC V5R 5H9
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